The Philadelphia Jr Flyers are proud to announce the commitment of 16U National defenseman, Greg Japchen, to the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks for the 2020-21 season. Greg is a Doylestown native who will be in the 10th grade this year at CB East. The Mavericks compete in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), along with Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of North Dakota, St. Cloud State University, and Western Michigan University.
This past spring, the 5’11”, 155-pound UNO commit was also drafted 116th overall in the USHL Phase 1 Draft by the Omaha Lancers, as well as 241st Overall in the OHL Priority Draft by the Barrie Colts. Jr Flyers 16U Head Coach, Chris Campanale, describes Japchen as “an offensively skilled defenseman that possesses a great work ethic and great leadership.” As a younger 2001 birthyear, there is still much more on the horizon for Greg in terms of his growth and development. Campanale also added “Greg is a player that people should keep their eye on this season and beyond”.
Japchen took to social media to formally announce his decision by saying “Proud to announce my commitment to play college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Thank you to friends, family, and coaches who helped along the way #MavsNation.” When asked about his commitment, Japchen confidently declared “(When visiting) I loved the school, loved the facilities… It was just the right fit for my style of play and for my development.”
With a new arena and a new head coach, Japchen believes that the Omaha Mavericks will be a great home for him in the future. The Jr Flyers organization is extremely excited for Greg; JRF President John Graves stated “it was an honor to coach him (Greg) last season and we believe that playing in the Tier 1 Elite League allowed him to flourish and get the visibility that he deserved. We are very proud for Greg and delighted with the news of his commitment.”